Have you ever wondered what”An apple a day keeps the doctor away really means?” This adage isn’t so hard to figure out, it seems pretty self-explanatory. Eating fruit, which has nutrients,which your body needs keeps you healthy and out of the doctor’s office. On the other hand, there’s one too, it means two opposite ways of thinking.
There are some adages that need interpretations, they’re not so easy to figure out, even if you’re college educated. Here’s some of them:
1. “Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth.” This one baffled me at first because right now I live at home with my mother and let’s just say it’s”no cup of tea”, there’s another one, they’re endless. Getting back to the meaning of this phrase I was thinking they’re big and strong and and will bite your head off. Instead the interpretation of this is to be grateful when you recieve a gift, in my case a place to live. Incidentally, it’s no cup of tea means something you don’t enjoy.
2. “A bird in hand is worth two in a bush.” It’s worth more to keep what you have than to risk losing it looking for something better. It’s better to have something rather than nothing.
3. “A stitch in time saves nine.” Deal with your problems right away so they don’t get worse.
4. “Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.” If you aren’t experienced in your surrounding be like a wise person and stay away. Plan ahead and think things through or your bound to end up in risky situations to your detriment.
5. “If wishes were horses, than beggars would ride.” If you wish for something, it’s not eough you have to do the leg work too and act upon it.
6. “Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings.” If your having a fight with your mate and a child says, “you guys need counseling”,some wise words from our youngest. The young have wisdom. Children may speak as adults sometimes and speak intelligentbeyond their years.
7. “Still waters run deep.” People who are quiet can have a lot of knowledge.
8. “The devil looks after his own.” It seems like evil people make alot of money by doing nothing or scandolous deeds.
9. “A little bird told me.” This is what you say to someone when you don’t want to reveal the true source.
10. “A rolling stone gathers no moss.” Remember the Nomads, they moved about from place to place. This is saying it’s better to keep moving than to stay in one place or if you don’t settle down you are not attached to anyone or anything.
There are other names that are used to describe the word adage, such as: saying, proverb, motto, axiom, maxim to name a few. There are so many more beautiful, amusing, humbling, etc. adages in our world,devote some timeappreciating ourmultifacetedterminology that has many different origins.